Indonesia International Model United Nations (IMUN), as the first and biggest simulation of United Nations’ conference in Indonesia, marked the beginning of the event through a solemn opening ceremony on November 5th 2013, at Balai Sidang Universitas Indonesia. The event was attended by the Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Jakarta, Mr. Michele Zaccheo, and Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Indonesia, Mr. Bambang Shergi Laksmono, along with his colleagues.
Mr. Michele Zaccheo, Director of UNIC who made a moving speech themed “Future Leaders” which focused on four key points: trust, compassion, stability, and hope. At the end of his speech, he presented two videos about peacekeeping operations.
“IndonesiaMUN 2013 is hoped to be somewhat beneficial for all delegates, and hopefully future leaders. We want to keep the legacy of MUN and the importance of having awareness towards international issues and facing them with diplomacy. Moreover, we want to spread the MUN culture throughout the country,” explains Dian Aditya Ning Lestari, Secretary General of IndonesiaMUN 2013.
This opening ceremony was greeted with great enthusiasm. Out of 500 applicants from Indonesia, Afghanistan, Western Africa and India, 268 delegates were chosen. This year, for the first time, IndonesiaMUN 2013 welcomes high school students as Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) delegates to act as observers in six different committees; United Nation Security Council (UNSC), World Health Organization (WHO), Disarmament and International Security Council (DISEC), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), UEFA Annual Assembly, Asian-African Conference (AAC) 1955. Delegates will take part in the debates over diverse topics, under the IndonesiaMUN 2013 theme of “Ensuring Global Security Through International Leadership For A Better Future of Nations.”
As the sun went down, IndonesiaMUN has once again held one of the most prestigious social event: The Diplomatic Dinner. Taking place at Rectorate Garden, Universitas Indonesia, IndonesiaMUN’s Social Event team has successfully brought the atmosphere of a five star restaurant to a decorated tent. Divided into 6 tables, the 25 delegates seemed to be enjoying their fancy dinner while chatting with the Counsellor of the Embassy of Hungary; Ms. Eva Sipos, The Deputy Chief and The Third Secretary of the Embassy of Laos; Mr. Kamsouay Keodalavong and Mr. Panthong Sourivong, The Deputy of European Union; Mr. Colin Crooks, The Political Counsellor of the Embassy of Germany; Mr. Dr. Andreas Radtke and Ms. Teana Motsyk from The Embassy of Ukraine.
“Diplomatic Dinner is the most unique social event in IMUN because the delegates cannot find it in any other MUN in Indonesia. This event is a chance for the delegates to gain exclusive insight directly from the experts in the field of diplomacy,” said Denia, the Head of Social Events. It is expected that the interactions with the diplomats would broaden the delegates’ horizon about diplomats’ job in real everyday life and the challenges they face during their missions.
IndonesiaMUN was conducted from 5th – 9th of November with five committee sessions and social event, including the first ever NGO Parallel Summit in Indonesia.